“It’s so important to have an event like the First Women Awards because
we have not yet quite broken through the glass ceiling. There are still a lot
of girls who say ‘I will a do that because I’m a girl’, and we need to
break those attitudes.”
Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson
“An award like this tells me that I’m doing something right. As a female
engineer, I’m one of five women in my larger team so it’s really something
to have this acknowledgment. It means a lot.”
Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan, Senior Researcher, BT
Celebrating the UK's trailblazing women - and inspiring the next generationThe First Women Programme was created by Real Business in 2005 and brings together outstanding women from all sectors.
The programme has created an enthusiastic and dedicated network of pioneering women, who engage directly through a series of high profile First Women events, including the Awards, Winners Lunch and Summit.
Real Business is the UK's is the most-read SME website dedicated to high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs with 124,623 monthly unique visitors (ABC audit March 2015).
At the First Women Working Lunch our inspirational winners and judges gathered to set the agenda for the 2016 First Women Summit.
This full day summit leverages ten years of the First Women movement, drawing on the phenomenal network of pioneering women the Awards has created to educate, mentor and inspire.Find out more
Founded by Real Business and the CBI. Since 2005, the awards have grown in influence and impact, and now enjoy the support of many of the UK’s leading businesses, business bodies and business leaders.Find out more
First Women Exclusives
Advice for women who are thinking about starting their own business
As part of Bupa’s involvement with the First Women initiative, head of direct sales for SMC at the company Nicola Green sat down for a Q&A session to reveal how she thinks the business space has changed for women during the last decade and what can be done to foster more entrepreneurship. For the interview, published on […]Read more
Bucking the stereotype: First Women Working Lunch reveals that hurdles still remain
A shocking report recently laid bare the extent of gender discrimination in Britain, claiming that deep inequalities remained between women and men – and that the situation may be getting worse. With that in mind, we brought together the victors of the 2015 First Women Awards for a maiden First Women Working Lunch to discover what they thought […]Read more
Jane Malyon’s use of stealth marketing to take ownership of a market
While The English Cream Tea Company may have humble origins, conceived after one elderly lady lamented the fact she couldn’t get down to London for a proper tea anymore, the way in which it has come to dominate its space can be a lesson for everyone. Hunter Ruthven found out more. Jane Malyon definitely personifies […]Read more